Money20/20 Approaching: New Insights on Bill Pay

Matt Swain
 Sep 22, 2016

We are now just one month away from Money20/20, a conference and trade show billed as “the world’s largest payments & financial services innovation event.” Now in its fourth year, the show has grown to more than 10,000 attendees, 500+ exhibitors and about 125 educational sessions. This will be my third year presenting and moderating at the event, with our research helping to cover the household bill pay component of the broader payments market that will be on exhibit.

This year, I will be hosting a session entitled Transforming the Bill Consolidation Market: Research & New Entrants. Read more »

Pitney Bowes: “The Craftsmen of Commerce”

Matt Swain
 Jan 19, 2016

For the first time in more than 20 years, Pitney Bowes has launched a large-scale $20 million integrated advertising initiative.

The company secured prime advertising time this past weekend for a special airing of their 60-second commercial ahead of the AFC Divisional Playoff game, where the New England Patriots hosted the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 60-second commercial (entitled “The Story of Commerce”) leads out with dramatic imagery flashing by and a voiceover stating: Read more »

Exploring the Future of Payments at Money20/20

Matt Swain
 Dec 15, 2015

Loathed Tasks - Cleaning Bathrooms and Paying Bills

What is the most loathed household task for Americans? It turns out that it is cleaning bathrooms. The second most common response, however, was paying bills. In fact, 32% of the 2,000 consumers we surveyed had missed a payment due date in the last year, most often because they simply forgot to pay. Stress plays a significant role in why consumers dislike paying bills.

Why Consumers Dislike Paying Bills

These insights came from research that we conducted earlier this Fall in preparation for Money20/20, Read more »

Mint Bills Changes Its Business Model for Billers

Matt Swain
 Jun 23, 2015

Mint Bills has a new business model for billers who want to offer customers mobile bill pay.

We have been following Mint Bills since it was a fast-growing startup named Pageonce, when it rebranded to Check, and when Intuit acquired the company and later rebranded it to Mint Bills. We recently caught up with Steve Schultz, General Manager of the Biller Network for Mint Bills, to discuss how the company is doing with its new identity and expanded support structure, as well as to discuss its new business model for billers.

First off, tell us how things have been going since the acquisition and rebranding last year?

Check was already growing fast ahead of the acquisition by Intuit and rebranding to Mint Bills. It’s been about a year now and our metrics have doubled in most categories, including payment volume, payments, payers, and accounts. This is only partially from biller growth. We also have Read more »

Google Entering the Bill Delivery & Payment Market?

Matt Swain
 Mar 30, 2015

Last week, Re/code published an article which reported that Google is working on a project called Pony Express to help customers receive and pay their bills within their Gmail accounts. Google declined to comment.

In our 2011 study entitled The Emergence of Digital Mailbox Services, we explored the possibility of a leading consumer technology service vendor entering—and disrupting—this market. Here’s an excerpt from that study: Read more »

USPS CIO on “Delivering Customer Value in the Digital Age” at PostalVision 2020

Matt Swain
 Mar 23, 2015

PostalVision 2020I attended and  presented at my fifth PostalVision 2020 earlier this month. The conference has evolved over the years, with First Class and Standard Mail solutions increasingly pushed aside in favor of discussions about drone delivery (last year) and the Postal Service as a platform, as well as supporting the growing eCommerce landscape. One of the more interesting presentations at this event came from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), with CIO and Executive Vice President Jim Cochrane focusing on its investment in technology.

Here are five highlights from the speech:

  1. Viewing the USPS in a new light – Cochrane views the USPS as an agile development company. “Fail, and fail fast” is his philosophy. “Keep going out and doing different things.”
  2. The mailbox at the center of Read more »

Intuit Rebrands Check to Mint Bills

Matt Swain
 Dec 16, 2014

Recent Intuit acquisition Check will now be known as Mint Bills.

When the mobile bill pay company’s acquisition was announced earlier this year, Check co-founder and CEO Guy Goldstein noted that his team looked forward to merging their “talent, mobile mindset and spirit of innovation with Intuit to build products that delight consumers and become a part of their everyday financial lives.” This rebranding helps to publicly solidify that intent to integrate the services.

Intuit has simultaneously used this opportunity to refresh the Mint logo, with each of its products having a subtle difference in the colored line in the leaf to distinguish them from one another. Read more »

Broadridge and Pitney Bowes Double Down on Digital Delivery with Launch of Inlet

Matt Swain
 Jun 9, 2014

Broadridge Financial Solutions and Pitney Bowes announced today that they have formed a joint venture and launched a new technology platform named Inlet. Inlet is being billed as a platform “that will make it easier for companies to distribute statements, bills and other documents to consumers via participating online channels.” Essentially, this means that the approach is to act as a behind the scenes secure digital mail aggregation service that will be made available to businesses seeking expanded online services functionality for their customers.

The Wall Street Journal preempted the press release and reported on the announcement last Friday.

The logo has been deliberately designed to Read more »

Hearst’s Digital Mailbox Service Manilla to Close

Matt Swain
 May 12, 2014

On the heels of last month’s news that Zumbox would be shuttering its operations, now Hearst Corporation’s competitive digital mailbox service has made a similar announcement. Here is the message that Manilla users received over the weekend: Read more »

Zumbox to Shutter its Operations

Matt Swain
 Apr 7, 2014

As of next Monday, April 14th, Zumbox will be shuttering its operations. Here is the email that many of its users received today:

Dear Digital Postal Mail Account Holder,

We are sad to announce today that after more than five years of working to revolutionize the way mail is delivered, we have made the very difficult decision to shut down the company. Read more »

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